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This vaccine is given to people who are at risk for meningococcal disease (e.g., health problems, some lab workers). Talk to a public health nurse to find out if you can get the vaccine for free.
This vaccine may be offered after close contact with meningococcal B disease.
Others who may benefit from the vaccine include children under age 5, teens ages 15 to 19 years, and some people who travel to areas where there is a high risk of meningococcal B disease. In these cases, the vaccine is not free. Check with your health insurance provider as some plans may cover the cost.
The number of doses you need depend on your age and why you are having the vaccine. Ask your health care provider how many doses you need.
Even though you may have had a meningococcal vaccine in the past, you may still need Men-B to protect you from type B meningococcal disease.
MenconC is given to babies to protect them from type C meningococcal disease.
Teens and people with certain health conditions get MenC-ACYW to protect them from types A, C, Y, and W-135 meningococcal disease.
After the recommended number of doses, between 67% and 100% of people have antibody levels that are considered protective. Protection may weaken over time.
If you need the vaccine due to work (e.g., some lab workers), talk to your workplace health and safety department.
Anyone who is eligible for free vaccine, should contact the public health office in their area.
If you are travelling to a meningococcal risk area or you want this vaccine but are not eligible for free, call a travel health clinic (e.g.,
AHS Travel Health Services) or speak to your doctor or pharmacist.
Reactions to the vaccine are usually mild and go away in a few days. They may include:
It is important to stay for 15 minutes after immunization because people can have a rare but serious allergic reaction (anaphylaxis). If anaphylaxis happens, you will be given medicine to treat the symptoms.
Unusual reactions can happen. Call Health Link at 811 to report any unusual reactions.
You may not be able to have the vaccine if you:
You can be immunized if you have a mild illness (e.g., cold), even if you have a fever.
What it is
Who is most at risk
Most serious infections happen in people who:
How it spreads
Current as of: July 16, 2019
Author: Immunization Program, Alberta Health Services
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